Mirror Mirror on the wall…oh wait sorry we aren’t quite there yet. Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and then Winter! We are still a ways a way – but almost my lovelies, almost there. *ahem*
Welcome folks to the Blog Tour kickoff for the paperback release of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer! If you haven’t already read any of The Lunar Chronicles books – I’m here today to tell you why the heck you should snap to and get reading already!!
Be sure to stop by MacTeenBooks’ Blog Tour page to see a list of all the stops. Each blogger will tell you their own reasons why you should be reading The Lunar Chronicles and has a giveaway of Cinder & Scarlet!
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The world of The Lunar Chronicles, it’s our world, our earth, some hundreds of years into the future where classic fairy tales come to life, reinvented with a kick ass science fiction twist that even fantasy fans can appreciate.
I have a theory that with fantasy fiction readers come to the table expecting magic, things that defy reality. Because, Magic oh well, its shiny and mystical and quite frankly beyond explanation don’t you think? But Science Fiction – now that’s an entirely differently kettle of tea. We as readers expect a reality we can understand, one that can be explained, one that we can believe is POSSIBLE. So what do we want as readers with our science fiction even if we don’t realize it? Proof, explanations, an out there story with MOXY! – told in a way we can relate to, because lets face it even if you go out into space you still need to give us readers some common ground to empathize with. Above all the author has to earn our trust.
Meyer set The Lunar Chronicles up perfectly in that she bases each of her books on one of our much beloved, classic fairy tales. So, we saunter into it expecting the magic and already mostly in love with the story, but we don’t get that same, tired, regurgitated fairytale that we’ve seen redone time and time again. No, no, my dears, these books will whop you over the head with a new and unique story, and a world that is our own, yet not our own, and a reality that very well could exist. This series is a superb mixture of that age old magic that is fairytale with a technologically advanced age and sci-fi fiction.
Expecting Cinderella? Well you’re getting Cinder instead, a cyborg mechanic. No glass slipper here folks, instead she has an old, too small mechanical foot (not to mention a few other things). Where once we knew her to be covered in soot and ashes she’s now coated in grease and grime. You want your pumpkin carriage? An old junkyard jalopy car from our own time period comes pretty close. I tell you no lie when I say I gave a nice chuckle when I read that scene. There are of course a few other ways she pulls in elements of fairytale but for me they seemed more of a tribute to the classic tale. They added a feel to each story that enhanced just how unique and creative an approach Meyer took with her characters, rather than it seeming like the same recycled story.
Now moving onto Scarlet….who’s afraid of the big bad Wolf? Not me I tell you…alright you caught me, maybe a teensy bit. I will say though that I am smitten with him. *guilty blush, I know we’re from two different worlds, times, I’m a decade his senior…grumbles ok I’ll stop now – puts back on her serious hat* Wolf was genetically manipulated to be a super soldier, having been a soldier I have a soft spot for them, and hey there is literally wolf in his blood – how fracking cool is that? See the sci-fi twisty there and like it don’t you? To be honest, Scarlet doesn’t stand a chance against this guy, whether he’s good or bad – you’ll just have to read to see.
A short sweet observation about Cress. The fairytale heroine featured here is ‘Rapunzel’ – but instead of a lonesome tower she is locked away in an orbiting satellite, physically isolated from any other human being and yet more connected than the most techno obsessed hacker could ever be. By the end of this book you will be biting your nails and ticking off the calendar days until you can get your hands on Winter. I know I am.
Meyer has a wondrous talent of taking these stories and characters and not just retelling the story, no she has gone beyond that and has them entirely her own. A borrowed name here, an integrated detail there, a smidge of essence from the fairytale and voila she melds fantasy with science fiction to give us a monumental struggle between two races of people – but lets not forget the ultimate evil queen.
A thought occurred to me just now, as I’m a child of the 80’s back then sci-fi movies would sometimes tag their opening scenes with dates like 2013 or 2020 – well hello hello here we are, so just how far away are we really from the science fiction future the likes of Marissa Meyer creates in The Lunar Chronicles?
Read my review of Cinder
Read my review of Scarlet
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–Become a fan of the Lunar Chronicles on Facebook!
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–Become a fan of the Lunar Chronicles on Tumblr! (see tons of fanart!!)
–Follow Marissa Meyer on Twitter!
–Pre-Order a copy of Cress to get a free comb! Details here. (US Only)
–See Marissa Meyer on tour!
–Join the Scarlet Readathon!
–Get more fun Lunar Chronicles links and info on the MacTeenBooks blog!
Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.
As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.